Barnsley woman caught TB from prisoners

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A former prison officer from Barnsley has been awarded a five figure settlement after catching tuberculosis from prisoners.

Fiona Murphy, aged 45, spent six days in isolation in hospital and had to take anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy drugs for 13 months after she claims she was unknowingly exposed to the disease at HMP Wakefield in 2010.

Ms Murphy said she was asked to help attend to four prisoners while accompanying nursing staff on their rounds at the prison.

She became ill with what she thought was flu but was diagnosed with a severe strain of TB some weeks later.

She was awarded her out-of-court settlement by the Ministry of Justice.

She said she has not made a full recovery and no longer works for the prison service.